Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology MSS40211

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This program will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to collect and analyse a range of environmental data as well as communicate and present environmental information to others

Qualification:

 

Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology (MSS40211)

Program No:

 

C4-BE51

Campus:

 

CIT Bruce 

Duration:

 

2 semesters full time (approx. 20 hours per week) OR part-time equivalent

Job Outcome:

 

Environmental assistants, environmental technicians

Additional Information

Students will be required to have a valid First Aid Certificate and a White Card to participate in some of the field activities.  It is recommended that students acquire these within 6 months of starting the program.  Students will also need to purchase basic personal protective equipment to participate in the field and in the laboratories (e.g. lab coat, sturdy enclosed shoes). An additional cost of $500 to cover various fieldtrips and materials fees will apply to this program.

Subject information

Core - complete all

ENVI217 - Work and communicate effectively as an environmental technician

Nat/State ID

MSS024001A

Cost

$70.00

This unit of competency covers the induction of an employee into an enterprise to undertake environmental technical work. It includes working within Australia's framework for environmental management and the culture of the enterprise, and the need to interact effectively with a large range of people in many industry and community settings.

Prerequisites

Nil

 

ENVI218 - Implement environmental management plans and procedures

Nat/State ID

MSS024002A

Cost

$190.00

This unit of competency covers the ability to apply environmental management plans and procedures to minimise the environmental impact of work activities and ensure legislative compliance. Personnel are required to identify environmental requirements in everyday work activities, issues and risks for projects and/or sites, recognise environmental incidents and apply the specified procedures or actions to control and minimise their impacts.

Prerequisites

Nil

 

ENVI219 - Apply an understanding of environmental principles to a site

Nat/State ID

MSS024003A

Cost

$380.00

This unit of competency covers the ability to 'read the landscape' in terms of the physical and biological components of the environment and the ecological linkages in operation at a site. Personnel are required to apply basic principles of geomorphology, hydrology and ecology in a systematic, scientific appraisal of site condition. This requires sufficient knowledge of chemistry, physics, geology and biology to support a scientific approach to field ecology.

Prerequisites

Nil

 

ENVI220 - Process and present environmental data

Nat/State ID

MSS024004A

Cost

$80.00

This unit of competency covers the ability to retrieve environmental data; evaluate formulae and perform scientific calculations; present and interpret information in tables, graphs and simple maps; and keep accurate records. The unit requires personnel to solve problems of limited complexity where the information may be not obvious, but not contradictory, and can be determined by direct reasoning.

Prerequisites

Nil

 

ENVI143 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Nat/State ID

MSMENV272

Cost

$95.00

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to effectively find out current resource use and carry out improvements, in own work area, including those that reduce the negative environmental impacts of work practices.

This unit of competency applies to operators/team members who are required to follow procedures to work in an environmentally sustainable manner. This maximises the environmental performance of the process and the organisation, ensures regulatory compliance, and aims to minimise environmental risks and impacts.

This unit of competency applies to all sectors of the manufacturing industry and members of its value chain. It may also be applied to all sections of an organisation, including office and warehouse. This unit will need to be contextualised for the industry sector, organisation and section.

This unit of competency applies to an individual working alone or as part of a team/work group and working in liaison with other shift team members and the control room operator, as appropriate.

Prerequisites

Nil

 

OHSS422 - Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety

Nat/State ID

MSL943002A

Cost

$80.00

This unit of competency covers the ability to follow workplace occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures, deal
with the identification and control of hazards, work safely at all times, follow emergency response procedures and contribute to the
maintenance of workplace safety.

Prerequisites

Nil

 

LABT225 - Collect routine site samples

Nat/State ID

MSL952001A

Cost

$60.00

This unit of competency covers the ability to collect samples at field or production sites using specified equipment and standard or routine procedures.

Prerequisites

Nil

 

LABT201 - Undertake environmental field-based monitoring

Nat/State ID

MSL974007A

Cost

$200.00

This unit of competency covers the ability to organise and undertake field monitoring programs that are primarily focused on the determination of physical and chemical parameters and/or observation and documentation of biological/ecological systems. It covers confirming the requirements of the monitoring activities, sampling, sample handling, physical and chemical monitoring and simple field-based analysis, data collection and recording. It also covers field camp maintenance and field safety. The unit of competency covers gaining clearance for animal trapping, tagging, keeping or experimentation, but does not cover specific animal handling techniques. These tasks would only be performed under the guidance and supervision of a scientific officer.

Prerequisites

Nil

 

Electives - complete 8

ENVI221 - Recognise common geological landforms and samples

Nat/State ID

MSS024008A

Cost

$80.00

This unit of competency covers the ability to recognise common geological landforms and relate these to basic geological processes and other ecosystem components. Personnel are also expected to obtain (near) surface samples of common rocks, minerals and soils and identify them using classification tables and charts.

Prerequisites

Nil

 

ENVI222 - Collect spatial and discrete environmental data

Nat/State ID

MSS024005A

Cost

$70.00

This unit of competency covers the ability to obtain and store spatial and discrete environmental data using handheld global positioning system (GPS) equipment.

Prerequisites

Nil

 

SUST109 - Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Nat/State ID

MSAENV472B

Cost

$80.00

This competency covers the outcomes required to effectively analyse the workplace in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness.
This unit is based on the sustainability guideline standard GCSSUS02A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices.

Prerequisites

Nil

 

ENVI223 - Perform environmental biological techniques

Nat/State ID

MSS024010A

Cost

$280.00

This unit of competency covers the ability to collect and examine biological samples using microscopes, keys and biochemical tests to identify and enumerate environmentally significant organisms. Personnel are expected to prepare aseptic media and solutions, set up equipment for microbiological testing and identify basic microorganisms of environmental significance.

Prerequisites

Nil

 

ENVI224 - Assist with assessing and monitoring wetlands

Nat/State ID

MSS025013A

Cost

$200.00

This unit of competency covers the ability to plan and conduct desktop and field activities designed to collect and interpret information about the characteristics and condition of specific wetlands. This work assists environmental scientists and planners to develop wetland inventories, assess and monitor the condition of wetlands and/or develop wetland management plans.

Prerequisites

Nil

 

ENVI225 - Perform sampling and testing of water

Nat/State ID

MSS024006A

Cost

$160.00

This unit of competency covers the ability to sample natural, polluted and process water for both chemical and microbiological parameters and perform field measurements. Note that this unit does not cover the sampling and field testing of groundwater, which is addressed in MSS025006A Collect and evaluate groundwater data. Nor does it cover laboratory analysis of water which is addressed in MSL974003A Perform chemical tests and procedures and MSS025012A Perform environmental microbiological tests.

Prerequisites

Nil

 

ENVI226 - Perform sampling and testing of soils

Nat/State ID

MSS025007A

Cost

$160.00

This unit of competency covers the ability to obtain soil samples in accordance with a defined sampling plan, prepare the samples for testing, conduct in-field and laboratory testing of the samples and report the results. Personnel are required to check the validity and reliability of data, recognise atypical test data, and troubleshoot common test procedures and equipment problems.

Prerequisites

ENVI 221 Recognise common geological landforms and samples

 

ENVI227 - Produce site maps

Nat/State ID

MSS025005A

Cost

$120.00

This unit of competency covers the ability to map the environmental features of a site using sketch maps, computer rendered graphics or geographic information systems (GIS) software. Personnel identify sources of existing environmental data and assess its availability/suitability, collect field data as necessary, assess data quality and format, and present data and incorporate it onto maps. Producing maps to display environmental data requires knowledge of environmental management processes, relevant legislative and regulatory requirements, mapping principles, and the use of mapping software and hardware. Personnel will require additional units of competency to manage spatial data sets or undertake complex modelling, data manipulation and analysis using GIS.

Prerequisites

ENVI 222 Collect spatial and discrete environmental data

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You must have an ACT year 12 Certificate (or equivalent) with a minimum grade C in English, OR be of mature age (turning 20 within the first year of study) with equivalent communication skills. It is recommended that you have studied science or geography in Year 11/12.

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